Oregon Fuel Tax

Discussion in 'Trucker Taxes and Truck Financing' started by DarkLight, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. DarkLight

    DarkLight Bobtail Member

    Mar 7, 2009
    Hello Friends,

    Could some one please tell me how Oregon Fuel Tax is calculated. I know that its not included in fuel, so you have to pay it separate but I don't know how its calculated?
    Lets say if I traveled on 616 miles in Oregon(GVW 80,000) how much tax I have to pay?
    Also does it effect our tax if we run loaded or empty?
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  3. eaglebridge

    eaglebridge Bobtail Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Oregon charges a weight per mile fee.

    It is based on your gross operating weight and the number of axles you have.

    There are several different tax rates depending on your situation.

    I will assume you have a 5 axle unit ( 3 axle tractor & 2 axle trailer) and you are registered 80000 pounds.

    the current rate is .1316 so you take the number of miles multiplied by the mil rate and that is your tax

    example 616 miles ( x ) .1316 = $81.0656 or $81.07

    They don't care if you are empty or loaded the tax rate only changes if your configuration changes ie you drop a trailer and bobtail then the rate would change. Raising drop axles does not count either.

    So lets compare to Washington state they charge .3750 cents per gallon.

    Assuming you get 5 miles per gallon it would (in road tax alone it would cost you $46.20 to travel the same 616 miles in Washington state.

    616 miles in Oregon $81.07
    616 miles in Washington $46.20

    Yes it is a rip off and yes they will audit you if you lie or under-report your miles.

    You can either buy a permit for each trip through the state or you can purchase a weight reciept indentifier and file a quarterly report.

    If you travel quite a bit in Oregon they will change your status and you will need to file a Monthly Mileage Report.

    Wait it gets better in I believe it is Oct of 2010 the rates are set to be increased about 3 or 4 cents per mile.

    If you have any questions the website for them is www.oregontruckingonline.com

    Good luck the economy in Oregon is one of the worst so hauls into and out of the state might be hard to find.

    Of course with taxes like they charge they simply run the businesses out.

    Of course ODOT will tell you that the registration fees are really small so that makes it even tax wise. Of course if you own a calculater you can see for yourself that is nonsense.

    Hope that answers your questions

    Good luck
  4. imarogers

    imarogers Bobtail Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    lebanon, oregon
    thanks for your explanation.
    it makes a little more sense now. how does the fuel permit figure into problem. if we purchase fuel in oregon having the permit, does that take care of the road tax all together , does it just reduce the amount we owe, or is there something else.
    my husband has been a driver for 28 years, i just got my cdl 8 months ago, and we just entered into a lease agreement. so now we are responsible for the oregon tax. the problem is compounded for us because we have a great route, fresno to seattle and back, so we drive i5, through oregon 5 times a week. we put that route on hold until we could get a answer we could understand.
    thanks for your help.
  5. Frenzy

    Frenzy Medium Load Member

    Mar 24, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    This is my monthly IFTA fuel tax report for Jan. Oregon mileage tax far exceeded my per gal taxes so I ended up having to pay about $523 additional for the month. Fuel in Oregon looks cheap because there is no tax on it, then a month later the Oregon department of revenue reaches into your settlement and kills it for that week. I figure that it costs me about 9 cents a mile more to drive across that state.

    I bought most of my fuel in Washington, and the rest in Oregon.

    Hope that helps!

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  6. gordonamorris

    gordonamorris Bobtail Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Easton, Wa
    Oregon is a little confusing to me as well. We always just buy the permits to go through there.. And my driver's know better than to fuel there. Way too much of a pain from what I hear..
  7. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wherever and Whenever...
    Fueling is not a problem....Just make sure your ducks are in a row.....

    I had a problem last month because even though we filed our monthly report with my new VIN and IRP plate#.....ODOT had to have me refile the new vehicle#'s or face a fine....

    Also make sure your Med cards are perfect as well.....Mine was "illegal" because the doc made a mistake.......
  8. knighton5

    knighton5 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    Rose City
    Who does your taxes for you? I'm tired of paying ATBS.
    I'm asking here because I live in Oregon and drive I-5.
  9. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wherever and Whenever...
    I have an accountant...
    We use quickbooks to log in expenses, accounts payable and receivables....

    For OR you need to go to a bonding agency to post your $2K bond.....
    You'll have to file monthly......

    I used to like running OR....but I think If I have to go to WA from now on from Cali....I'm running up through NV, ID and make that left turn into WA....

    ODOT has become worse than CDOT......Ashland might as well be Trinidad.....Especially for permitted loads......
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  10. Native Dancer

    Native Dancer Heavy Load Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Portland, Or.
    Phone ODOT and get a transponder. They are free which is cheaper than wholesale. Then phone WDOT and give them your transponder number and they will hook you up with NORPAC which is good for WA and the ID 84 scales. You can also have Prepass on the same transponder by contacting them.
    The drawback to Prepass is you will get a green light in Colorado depriving you of interaction with your friends. I have all three on the one transponder and 99% of the time I get a green light and roll on past the scales.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  11. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wherever and Whenever...
    Aw Native....I bet you miss your friends running through Trinidad and Monument.... :biggrin_25523:
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